Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale – For the Fallen; and Grierson Awards for Muslims Like Us and Forces of Nature with Brian Cox
Alison’s commissions include the the BAFTA Award winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and she was the Commissioning Executive Producer on the BBC’s coverage of the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and secured their exclusive engagement interview.
Prior to her current role, Alison was Head of Commissioning, Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years.
Other commissions from the department include Back in Time for Dinner, Eat Well for Less; Countryfile; DIY SOS; Antiques Roadshow; Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing; and The Watches
Alison joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.
Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.